Omaha Westside converts corner kicks to beat Lincoln Pius X
Get a bonus ready for the person who coaches corner kicks for the Omaha Westside girls soccer team.
The Warriors scored two goals on well-executed corner kicks, including one just 1 minute, 19 seconds into the match, to highlight a 4-1 win against Lincoln Pius X on Monday at Aldrich Field.
It was two seniors who combined on the corner kick goals. Kaley Heinz took the kick, and sent a beautiful ball each time, both high and far enough and with enough pace right in front of the goal. Liz Nielsen accounted for both goals on headers by fighting her way to the right spot to be able to score.
“It feels really good, and like I accomplished something,” Heinz said of the corner kick scores.
The Warriors improved to 8-6, and got a nice win on the last day teams can get a win to improve their seeding for districts. Westside also got a nice win last week against Class A 10th-ranked Millard North.
This is the final week of the regular season. The district pairings will be released Wednesday.
Pius X, which is the smallest school playing Class A soccer this season, dropped to 6-6.
Westside coach Nathan Moseley said the Warriors have gotten better at scoring on corner kicks and free kicks as the season progressed.
“We practice them all season, and you hope by the end of the year you can get to the point where you’re putting them in the back of the net, like it was today,” Moseley said.
Westside was in control the entire match after scoring three goals in the opening eight minutes. Heinz also scored on a long shot, and Sylvia Fehr from in front of the goal.
The only Pius X goal came on a penalty kick by Alyssa Hansen, but Westside still led 3-1.
Westside had the better scoring chances for most of the match, but converting the corner kicks was a deciding factor.
“When you can score on your set pieces, it’s huge,” Moseley said. “If you take away those two goals then it’s a 2-1 game.”
Westside was a very inexperienced team to begin the season, after having 12 seniors last season and having two players decide to play for a development academy club soccer team this spring.
“I think we’re peaking at the right time heading into districts,” Moseley said.